Women staying at the shelter, or safe house, have typically obtained a restraining order against the person who abused them. Having this order protects them and the other residents of the shelter from the batterer (see Legal FAQs for information about obtaining a restraining order). The women in the shelter have also agreed to keep the location confidential and not reveal it to anyone. A safety plan is developed for each family with the help of a trained Domestic Violence Counselor who will continue to work with them throughout the time they are living at the safe house. If you feel you may be in need of shelter, there are counselors available 24/7 who will talk with you about this option. Call 255-NEWS (6397) anytime.